In the Lena Delta
A Narrative of the Search For Lieut. Commander DeLong and His Companions, Followed By an Account of the Greely Relief Expedition and a Proposed Method of Reaching the North Pole.
By Melville, George W, Chief Engineer U.S.N.
Signed & Inscribed by Melville
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1884. First American Edition. 8vo, xiii + [1pp] + 497pp Appendix; list of Houghton. Mifflin publications at rear [8 pp]; 15 illustrations, 4 large double-page maps ā complete. Publisherās brown pictorial cloth with black clay end papers, bright gilt titling on spine. Frontis of Melville with facsimile signature and tissue guard. A Near Fine copy with tight hinges and no foxing, folds or tears; an exceptionally clean copy of this rare and important narrative. This unique copy is warmly inscribed by Rear Admiral George Melville, U.S.N. to General Daniel Wylie with a poetic verse at the end of the inscription dated 1906. Arctic Bibliography 11239.
Melville was Chief Engineer aboard the āJeannetteā which was lost in 1881, and was one of the few survivors after the crew separated into two parties. This well-written narrative gives Melvilleās detailed first person account of the tragic voyage of the āJeanetteā and the crews struggles to survive under unimaginable harsh conditions and circumstances. The narrative also provides a detailed description of the country, natives, and conditions. Melville also participated in, and gives an account of, the 1884 expedition to relieve Adolphus Greely and the men of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition along with his concept for a method of reaching the North Pole.
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